The Tallis Scholars Sing Thomas Tallis

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
When you see a title like The Tallis Scholars Sing Thomas Tallis, you know the music's going to be right, sort of like when you hear Aretha Franklin sing in Detroit, or hear an oversize band of Central Europeans play Mahler. And so it is. This disc compiles Tallis Scholars recordings from 1985, 1986, 1992, and 1998 for the purpose of, per the jacket, "celebrating the 500th anniversary of Thomas Tallis" they mean birth, not wedding. The performances are classics, and better still, this reissue is not just about trying to mine continued profits from the same lode: Gimell's decision to release two packed-to-the-max CDs of Tallis Scholars Tallis allows the listener to become ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
When you see a title like The Tallis Scholars Sing Thomas Tallis, you know the music's going to be right, sort of like when you hear Aretha Franklin sing in Detroit, or hear an oversize band of Central Europeans play Mahler. And so it is. This disc compiles Tallis Scholars recordings from 1985, 1986, 1992, and 1998 for the purpose of, per the jacket, "celebrating the 500th anniversary of Thomas Tallis" they mean birth, not wedding. The performances are classics, and better still, this reissue is not just about trying to mine continued profits from the same lode: Gimell's decision to release two packed-to-the-max CDs of Tallis Scholars Tallis allows the listener to become immersed in what director Peter Phillips calls Tallis' "ability to create masterpieces in whatever style was the currency of the day." Tallis was again quoting Phillips an "arch-survivor," composing dense, sumptuous motets for Catholic rulers, creating beautiful miniatures like the well-known "If Ye Love Me" under the severe regime of early Anglicanism, and summing up his career with major masterpieces like "Spem in alium" under Queen Elizabeth's golden reign. The disc leads off with that mysterious 40-voice motet, which has been recorded in various ways. Phillips leads a mixed male and female choir of 40 adults, one to a part, with the music raised a fourth from its notated pitch. This pitch choice has been criticized as inauthentic, but it elicits slightly piercing attacks from Phillips' singers -- just the thing to clarify what's happening in a piece of music with 40 different parts and to forestall an indistinct wash of sound. Tallis' profound "Lamentations of Jeremiah" have been recorded many times, but the version here is perhaps the premier choice from the heart of the English choral tradition. The discs' packaging is handsome even if Filippo Lippi isn't quite the artist one would choose as a visual analogue to Tallis, and the sound holds together well; the sonic ambiences of the two different churches where the music was recorded, Merton College Chapel in Oxford and Salle Church in Norfolk, are different but equally interesting. This is a release that can serve as a cornerstone of any Renaissance music CD library.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2004
  • Label: Gimell Uk
  • UPC: 755138120327
  • Catalog Number: 203
  • Sales rank: 137,868

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Spem in Alium (also set as "Sing and glorify"), motet for 40 voices, P. 299 - Thomas Tallis & The Tallis Scholars (9:56)
  2. 2 Sancte Deus, motet (antiphon) for 4 voices, P. 98 - Thomas Tallis & The Tallis Scholars (5:15)
  3. 3 Salvator mundi (I) (also set as "Arise O Lord" and "With all our hearts"), motet for 5 voices, P. 216 - Thomas Tallis & The Tallis Scholars (2:20)
  4. 4 Salvator mundi (II) (also set as "When Jesus went"), motet for 5 voices, P. 219 - Thomas Tallis & The Tallis Scholars (2:35)
  5. 5 Gaude gloriosa Dei mater, motet (antiphon) for 6 voices, P. 123 - Thomas Tallis & The Tallis Scholars (16:45)
  6. 6 Miserere nostri, motet for 7 voices, P. 207 - Thomas Tallis & The Tallis Scholars (2:30)
  7. 7 Loquebantur variis linguis, motet for 7 voices, P. 272 - Thomas Tallis & The Tallis Scholars (3:44)
  8. 8 If ye love me, anthem for 4 voices - Thomas Tallis & The Tallis Scholars (2:04)
  9. 9 Hear the voice and prayer, anthem for 4 voices - Thomas Tallis & The Tallis Scholars (3:02)
  10. 10 A new commandment, anthem for 4 voices - Thomas Tallis & The Tallis Scholars (2:42)
  11. 11 O Lord, give thy Holy Spirit, anthem for 4 voices - Thomas Tallis & The Tallis Scholars (2:17)
  12. 12 Purge Me, O Lord (also set as partsong: "Fond youth is but a bubble"), anthem for 4 voices - Thomas Tallis & The Tallis Scholars (1:42)
  13. 13 Verily, verily I say unto you, anthem for 4 voices - Thomas Tallis & The Tallis Scholars (1:41)
  14. 14 Remember not, O Lord God (2 versions), anthem for 4 voices - Thomas Tallis & The Tallis Scholars (3:44)
  15. 15 Psalm Tunes (9) for Archbishop Parker's Psalter, for 4 voices - Thomas Tallis & The Tallis Scholars (7:53)
  16. 16 O Lord, in thee is all my trust, anthem for 4 voices - Thomas Tallis & The Tallis Scholars (2:55)
  17. 17 Christ Rising, anthem for 5 voices (doubtful, probably by W.Byrd) - Thomas Tallis & The Tallis Scholars (4:35)
  18. 18 Blessed are those, anthem for 5 voices - Thomas Tallis & The Tallis Scholars (3:45)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Lamentations (of Jeremiah), 1st lesson for 5 voices, P. 102 - Thomas Tallis & The Tallis Scholars (8:54)
  2. 2 Lamentations (of Jeremiah), 2nd lesson for 5 voices, P. 110 - Thomas Tallis & The Tallis Scholars (13:13)
  3. 3 Absterge Domine, motet for 5 voices, P. 180 - Thomas Tallis & The Tallis Scholars (6:12)
  4. 4 O sacrum convivium (also set as "I call and cry to thee" and "O sacred and holy banquet"), motet for 5 voices, P. 210 - Thomas Tallis & The Tallis Scholars (3:39)
  5. 5 In manus tuas, motet for 5 voices, P. 202 - Thomas Tallis & The Tallis Scholars (2:10)
  6. 6 Salve intemerata virgo, motet (antiphon) for 5 voices, P. 144 - Thomas Tallis & The Tallis Scholars (17:09)
  7. 7 Magnificat, for 4 voices, P. 64 - Thomas Tallis & The Tallis Scholars (11:56)
  8. 8 Ave Dei patris filia, motet (antiphon) for 5 voices, P. 162 - Thomas Tallis & The Tallis Scholars (16:20)
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